Curriculum accademico

Il curriculum accademico del Prof. ROBERTO DANOVARO

Curriculum Vitae of Roberto Danovaro



Danovaro, Roberto

Researcher unique identifier(s) ORCID: 0000-0002-9025-9395 - Research ID: M-9018-2014

Nationality: Italian

Date of birth: 22 February 1966

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RobertoDanovarowasborninGenoa(Italy; February 22nd, 1966)where he obtainedthedegreesin Marine Biologyin 1988 and the PhD in Marine Environmental Sciences at the University of Pisa in 1993. After specialization in the field of environmental microbiology and experiences (both during the PhD and the post-doc)in various EU countries,  including Ireland (Galway), France (Roscoff), Belgium (Gent) and Greece (Crete), RD became Assistant Professor in 1994 (Univ. of Ancona), Associate Professor in 1998 (Univ. of Bari) and Full Professor in 2001 (Polytechnic University of Marche). Member of the Doctorate in Marine Biology and Ecology and of the Master degree in Marine Biology. From 2004 to 2011 is the Director of the Department of Marine Sciences and from 2011 to 2014 is the Director of the Dept. of Life and Environmental Sciences at the Polytechnic University of Marche,, where he holds courses in Marine Biology and Ecology.


1993- PhD MarineEnvironmentalSciences at the Department of Biology University of Pisa (partly at the Univ. Ghent, Belgium), Italy.

1998 Master Degree in Biology (Marine Biology curriculum), Institute of Marine Science, Genoa, Italy.


2013 – Present: President Stazione Zoologica Anton Dohrn, Naples, Italy.

2002 – Present: Full Professor, Marine Biology and Ecology, Polytechnic University of Marche, Italy.


1998-2001 Associate Professor, Dept. Biology, University of Bari

1994-1998 AssistantProfessor(Univ. of Ancona)

1993-1994 Post-doc with collaborations in various EU countries, including Ireland (Galway), France (Roscoff), Belgium (Gent) and Greece (Crete)


2013: Award “ENI Award Protection of the Environment”

2011: Award Médaille de la Société océanographique de France pour l'année 2010 Institute Oceanographique de Paris.

2011: Award BioMedCentral: best publication in the field of Biology in 2010 (London, June, 2011).

2010: Award Top Italian Scientists - VIA Academy.


2013-present President Stazione Zoologica, Anton Dohrn, Naples, Italy.

2011-2013 Pro-Rector for the Research at the Polytechnic University of Marche.

2011-2014 Director Dept. of Life and Environmental Sciences at the Polytechnic University of Marche.

2004-2011 Director Department of Marine Sciences, at the Polytechnic University of Marche. 


Participated to 17 national and EU funded programs. Overall ca 2 M € received from the projects reported here below (last 5 years) .

  1. MIDAS (Managing Impacts of Deep-sea resource exploitation) FPVII (n. 603418, end 10.2016)

  2. DEVOTES Co-Leader WP5 (DEVelopment Of innovative Tools for understanding marine biodiversity and assessing good Environmental Status) FPVII (end 10.2016)

  3. RITMARE WP leader “Deep and extreme environments, biodiversity and technologies” (completed in 2014, overall budget ca 600k€).

  4. HERMIONE WP leader (Hotspot Ecosystem Research and Man’s Impact on European Seas) EU funded project FPVII (completed in 2012, budget ca 300k€).

  5. OBAMA (Scientific Coordinator: Off shore OBservatory for the long-term ecological research (L-TER) on the biodiversity And ecosystem Functioning of the deep Mediterranean SeA) (MIUR; completed in 2012; 300 k€).

  6. SESAME (Southern European Seas: Assessing and Modeling Ecosystem changes) EU FPVI (completed in 2010, overall budget ca 100k€).

  7. BIOFUN (BIOdiversity and ecosystem FUNctioning in contrasting southern European deep-sea environments: from viruses to megafauna) ESF funded project (completed in 2010, budget ca 200k€).

  8. HERMES WP leader (Hotspot Ecosystem Research on the Margins of European Seas) EU funded project FPVI (completed in 2009; budget ca 500k€).



Ongoing long-term collaborations within the topic of the present proposal with: IFREMER, UPMC, CNRS (France), Scripps USA, North Carolina University USA, JAMSTEC (Japan), Newfoundland University, Canada; National Oceanography Centre UK. Within the frame of past and present researches and projects additional direct collaborations include scientistsfromFrance,Belgium,TheNetherlands,Germany,Austria,Denmark,Sweden, Norway, Spain, Greece, USA,Canada,Israel, Romania,Ukraine, Indonesia,Thailand, Australia, NewZealand and Japan. 

  • TEACHING ACTIVITIES (if applicable)

2001-present – Professor of “MarineBiology”and “M arineEcology”

2004-present – Teacher for Doctorate in Marinebiologyand Ecology

2013-present – Coordinator of the International M asterin MarineBiology (FUNIBER).


Since 1998 RD has been tutor of 115 Graduation Thesis and is Tutor/Supervisorof 21 PhDTheses .

C.Gambi(PhDobtained in2002);M.Armeni(2002); M.L.Mei(2003);C.Fiordelmondo(2003);F.M. Perrone(2004);G.M.Luna(2005);A.Lucchetti(2007);I.deMesel(co-supervisor,2007);S. Bianchelli(2008);M.Magagnini(2009);G.DosSantos(co-supervisor withthe Tom Moens- UniversityofGhent,2009);A.DeFelice(2010);D.Zeppilli(2010); M. Mea (2011).M.Tangherlini (2013),F. Ape (2014), E. Rastelli (2014). Currently supervisorof: L. Carugati, L. Carlesi, B. Petani.MemberofCommissionofDoctoralThesisin severalcountries(Belgium,Australia, NewZealand, Canada, Spain).


2005-2010 Member of the Scientific Council of the Census of Marine Life (CoML)

2006-2008 Member and coordinator of the “Task force Deep Sea” of the CIESM

2010-2012 Member of the Scientific Board of the Reef check Italy.

2008-2010 Member of the F orumofoceans& Islandsbeyond nationaljurisdiction.

2010- present Member of the Science Planning Committee of LICO (Life in a Changing Ocean)

2011-2013 Review Panel Member Marie Curie Fellowships

2010-2011 Review Panel Member ERC Starter and consolidator Grants

2010-2013 Evaluator of proposals for the National ScienceFoundation (NSF), USA

2010-2012 Evaluator of proposals for the NERC, UK

2010-2011 Evaluator of proposals for the NOAA, USA

2010-2012 Evaluator of proposals for the National Research Funds, Austria

2009-2010 Evaluator of proposals for the National Research Funds, Belgium

2009-2010 Evaluator of proposals for National Research Proposals, The Netherlands

2010-2011 Evaluator of proposals for National Research Proposals, NewZealand

2010-2011 Evaluator of proposals for National Research Proposals, Australia.

2012-2013 Member of the Scientific Council of the Stazione Zoologica Anton Dohrn.

2004-2012 EvaluatorfortheEUin VI and VII FrameworkPrograms.

2013-2014 Evaluator of proposals for National Research Proposals, Slovenia.

2006-2014 Member of the Scientific Council of the WWF Italy.


2013-present Editorial Board, Scientific Reports of Nature

2002-present Editor in Chief Chemistry & Ecology (Taylor & Francis)

2012-2014 Editor in Chief Advances in Limnology and Oceanography (Taylor & Francis)


2011-2012 President of the Italian Society of Ecology (SItE) for the period.

2008-2011 President of the Italian Association of Oceanography and Limnology (AIOL).

2003-2006 President of the European Federation of Marine Science and Technology Societies (EFMS).

2009 – present Association for the Sciences of Limnology and Oceanography (ASLO).


Scientificpublications. RD haspublished hisresearchonmore than 50different internationalISItop-rankedjournals, including: Nature, Science, Nature communications, PNAS, FEMS Microbiol Reviews, Nature protocols, Ecology Letters, Trends in Ecology and Evolution, Plos Biology, Current Biology, Biological Review (in press), ISME Journal, EnvironmentalHealthPerspectives,EnvironmentalMicrobiology.Scientific Reports (Nature), BMCBiology,Ecologicalapplications, Ecography, PloS One, Deep-SeaResearch,Progress in Oceanography,LimnologyandOceanography,MarineEcologyProgressSeries, MarineBiology,Microbial Ecology, Applied and EnvironmentalMicrobiology, FEMS Microb Ecol.


RD is the world’s most cited scientists in “Deep-sea Biology” and “Deep-sea ecology” (Scholar Citations):



  • Manuscripts published on ISI journals: 222 (WoS)

  • Citations (October 2014): 9392 (GS) - 6562 (ISI WoS)

  • H index: 59 (GS) – 51 WoS

  • i-10 Index: 180 (GS)

  • Total IF of the period 2004-2014: ca 690

  • Papers recommended by the Faculty of 1000 Biology: 6 


  1. Danovaro R, Dell'Anno A, Corinaldesi C, Magagnini M, Noble R, Tamburini C, Weinbauer M (2008) Major viral impact on the functioning of benthic deep-sea ecosystems. Nature 454: 1084-1087. Cover of Nature. Top 20 articles in Nature 2008. Rated Exceptional Faculty of 1000 Biology.

  2. E Barbier, D Moreno-Mateos, A Rogers, J Aronson, L Pendleton, Danovaro R. ...(2014). Protect the deep sea Nature, 505 (7484), 475-477

  3. Dell'Anno A, Danovaro R (2005) Extracellular DNA plays a key role in deep-sea ecosystem functioning. Science 309 (5744): 2179. Rated Exceptional Faculty of 1000 Biology.

  4. M Pacton, D Wacey, C Corinaldesi, M Tangherlini, MR Kilburn, GE Gorin, Danovaro R. (2014) Viruses as new agents of organo-mineralization in the geological record. Nature communications 5, n.4298

  5. Pusceddu A, S Bianchelli, J Martín, P Puig, A Palanques, P Masqué, Danovaro R. (2014) Chronic and intensive bottom trawling impairs deep-sea biodiversity and ecosystem functioning. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, 201405454Included in Science for Environment Policy of the EC on 18 sept 2014 Issue 356

  6. Danovaro R., Snelgrove PVR, Tyler P (2014) Challenging the paradigms of deep-sea ecology. Trends in Ecology & Evolution 29 (8), 465-475 Rated Exceptional by Faculty 1000 Biology.

  7. Danovaro R, Corinaldesi C, Dell'Anno A, Fuhrman JA, Middelburg JJ, Noble RT, Suttle CA (2011) Marine viruses and global climate change. FEMS Microbiology Reviews, 35 (6): 993-1034. (Cit.74, Awarded by ENI prize; Protection of the Environment).

  8. Danovaro R, C Gambi, A Dell'Anno, C Corinaldesi, S Fraschetti, A Vanreusel, M Vincx, AJ Gooday (2008) Exponential decline of Deep-Sea Ecosystem Functioning Linked to Benthic Biodiversity loss. Current biology, 18: 1-8 Faculty 1000 Biology and in Science for Environment Policy of EC

  9. Danovaro R, Dell'Anno A, Pusceddu A, Gambi C, Heiner I, Kristensen M (2010) The first metazoa living in permanently anoxic conditions. BMC Biology 8, 30. Awarded best article BioMedCentral in 2010. Most accessed of BMC article. Awarded exceptional by Faculty 1000 Biology.

  10. Danovaro R, Dell'Anno A, Pusceddu A (2004) Biodiversity response to climate change in a warm deep sea. Ecology Letters 7: 821-828.




Danovaro R (2013) Marine Biology: biodiversity and Ecosystem functioning 440 pp DeA (in IT)

Danovaro R, C Gambi, A Pusceddu, A Dell’Anno, RM Kristensen (2012) Anoxyphilic Loricifera, Yearbook of Science & Technology, 5-8.

Danovaro R (2010) Methods for the study of deep-sea sediments, their functioning and biodiversity. CRC Press, Taylor & Francis (London), 456 pp.



2013- New sunscreen compositions WO 2013014584 A3. InternationalPatent.

2003 - Method and plant for controlling the colonization of submerged structures surfaces by aquatic filtering organism. PCT/IT03/00375 - US Patent App. 10/515, 756.



  1. Plenary Talk: Oceans, microbes and global climate change. Ecole de France, Paris (2013)

  2. Plenary Talk: New insights on diversity of marine viruses and impact on global biosphere. SAME (2013).

  3. Plenary Talk: Impact of global change on ocean diverdsity and functions. RITMARE (2012).

  4. Seminar: Life in a changing ocean: the challenges of the abyssal biodiversity. Valencia, Spain (2012)

  5. Seminar: Hot spot deep-sea ecosystem research and man’s uimpact on EU seas. Montreal, Canada (2011)

  6. Seminar: New discoveries and challenges in deep–sea research, Univ Sorbonne Paris, France (2011).

  7. Seminar: Marine biodievrsity and ecosystem functionig: a global picture. Royal Dutch Acad. Sci. (2011)

  8. Seminar: Deep-sea science - University of Southampton, UK (2010).

  9. Plenary Talk: The present biodiversity of the Medterranean Sea: overview and recent discoveries. Israel Acad. Sci. (2010).

  10. Plenary Talk: Global change and the impact of biodiversity loss on oceans’ functioning. 13th Latin American Congress on Marine Sciences (COLACMAR) Havana, Cuba, 26-30 October 2009

  11. Keynote speaker: The risk of unsustainable use of deep-sea ecosystem, 21st Academia Europaea 2009

  12. Keynote speaker: Emerging Paradigms in deep-sea ecology, (ICES) Azores, Portugal, 2009.

  13. Keynote speaker: Working in the deep sea: from the sampling to experimental manipulations, CAREX meeting (2009) .

Ultimo aggiornamento: 24/03/2016